Elliot Owen is a freelance journalist and former contributing writer for the Bay Area Reporter, the country’s widest-read and longest-running weekly LGBTQ newspaper. In addition to taking general assignments, her self-generated work targeted news and human interest stories that highlighted the Bay Area’s QTPOC (queer, trans*, people of color) community. Her beats included public policy, immigration, HIV/AIDS research, technology, community-led art and advocacy initiatives, and fashion.
She identifies as a queer mixed-race cis-woman with strong interests in centering underrepresented communities in mainstream media, and countering oppressive narratives circulating marginalized people by transferring storytelling power back to said communities. Her work has been published by SF Weekly, East Bay Express, Bay Area Reporter, New America Media, Illume Magazine, El Tecolote, and California Progress Report.
Raised in rural northern California, Elliot moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2004 and earned a B.A. in international relations from San Francisco State University in 2009. The following year, she enrolled at City College of San Francisco where she wrote and edited for Etc. Magazine, which earned her three top-placing awards in writing, photography, and design at the 2012 Journalism Association of Community Colleges (JACC) State Convention.
She has an affinity for all-things-wild, particularly if found in Montana or the Southwest, and intends for future creative endeavors to include exploring how people orient themselves to place through individual and collective cultural and spiritual work. She is currently on-location in southwest Montana working on a historical research project.